Having migrated Justkez.com to be based on Jekyll, I was pondering how I might include my recent twitterings on the front page of the site. In the Wordpress world, this would have been done via a plugin which may or may not have hung the loading of the page, might have employed caching, but would certainly have had some overheads.
Not in Jekyll.
Integrating Jekyll and Twitter
It is rather simple to create a Ruby script to pull down your most recent Twitter updates and dump them into a file.
It is also simple to wrap each update in some rudimentary HTML.
We then use the Liquid include tag to insert the updates where desired.
The Ruby script
I have the following sat in my
~/bin/ directory, which can be executed by a cron job at whatever interval you see fit:
twitter_user = 'JohnDoe' # TODO: Change to your Twitter username
Twitter::Search.new.from(twitter_user).each do |r|
d = DateTime.parse(r.created_at).strftime('%d %b')
All this does is fetch the latest updates for
twitter_users, and wrap each one in an HTML
Including the HTML
This one is pretty straightforward, as Liquid (Jekyll's templating engine) supports the inclusion of partials/fragments.
_includesdirectory in your Jekyll directory (not in _site)
ruby ~/bin/script.rb > _includes/twitter.html.
You will need to regenerate the site, and you would ideally run it in
auto mode. Now, whenever the cron job updates the HTML file, Jekyll will regenerate the relevant files for you.
There you have it, seamless Twitter and Jekyll integration.